Sunday, October 30, 2011

Talbot - EOS


Artwork by Jarmo Nuutre.

Doomsday at Metal Bandcamp ends (!) with the Estonian duo Talbot. Their Bandcamp pretty accurately describe their music as "heavy riffs meets the icy beauty" - on EOS the use of ambient electronics works well together with the down-tuned riffing. Read the Doommantia review and check it out below.


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The House of Capricorn - In the Devil's Days


Artwork by Jamie Saint Merat

Doomsday continues with The House of Capricorn - In the Devil's Days. They switch between traditional gloomy doom and more up-tempo stoner metal. I like the vocals, but they are quite different than the usual for those genres, Here are reviews from The Obelisk and Don't Count On It Reviews.


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Bell Witch - Bell Witch Demo 2011



The end is near! Today is doomsday at Metal Bandcamp! (inspired by this Metal Briefs: The Doom Edition post from Full Metal Attorney)

Bell Witch is a two-member band. Adrian Guerra on drums and vocals, and Dylan Desmond on bass and vocals. They play funeral doom that is both epic and stripped down at the same time. Check out the fantastic (and long!) track Mayknow, the clean vocals make is sound almost like a doom hymn. Reviews of Bell Witch Demo 2011 from Doommantia and Cvlt Nation


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Pale Chalice - Afflicting the Dichotomy of Trepid Creation



Pale Chalice - Afflicting the Dichotomy of Trepid Creation is actual black metal, without anything 'post' added. It does have a nice full production though. Here's a review from Last Rites and one from Cvlt Nation, where the reviewer talks about
"The moment at minute 3:03 of Caressed by a Feeble Flame, when this certain riff begins – it’ll make you run to your local church, piss on the altar and the cross and afterwards burn that whole thing down. Well, maybe you’ll just notice that there’s an awesome riff on your stereo and have another sip of beer, who knows?"
Check that riff below, then click the player to hear the rest of the album.


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Unexpect - Fables of the Sleepless Empire


Cover artwork by Mario Sanchez Nevado

Unexpect has self-released the new album Fables of the Sleepless Empire on their Bandcamp. Progressive metal with growls, screams, double bass pedal, and distortion, but also electronic passages, classical interludes and atmospheric sections. A modern and more metallic version of Mr. Bungle perhaps?

The reviews seem to agree that Fables is more focused and cohesive than their previous album. Here's one originally from The Number of the Blog, and one from Don't Count On It Reviews, who says that "the biggest step up on here, and this really goes in with the better songwriting, is the use of huge sound choruses and vocal melodies".


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Seas of Stone - Seas of Stone



Seas of Stone plays dense, humid, mist-engulfed doom/sludge metal that channels the atmosphere of hiking the northern woodlands, according to this short review from No Clean Singing. I like the 'yelling in the back of the studio' approach to the vocals, musically they are like the less heavier little brother of Omega Massif.


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Russian Circles - Empros



Empros, the brand new Russian Circles album was released today on their Bandcamp. Much of the usual Russian Circles post-rock ambiance has been replaced with a fuller bass heavy production and songs that flows instead of wander. Here are two reviews from Sputnikmusic and The Obelisk.

Empros is released on Sargent House, who runs the Russian Circles Bandcamp page. They're mainly an indie/post-rock label but they do have some interesting metallic stuff like Boris and the Red Fang debut album.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Salome - Terminal



Salome's final album Terminal from 2010 was added to the Profound Lore Records Bandcamp. This is a rather unique take on doom with a guitarist, a drummer, a female vocalist and no bass. Here are a few few reviews from Don't Count On It Review and Heavy Blog is Heavy.

Most reviews I read have issues with the drone/noise track An Accident of History. The Heavy Blog is Heavy reviewer had this to say
I have heard this song individually twelve times, trying to see the art behind the track. Now, keep in mind that the track is 17:05. That is 204.6 minutes. Over 3 hours was spent trying to understand this track. And I hear nothing but random radio crackles
Now that's dedication,


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Behold! The Monolith - Behold! The Monolith


Artwork by Dusty Peterson

Behold! The Monolith - another band that knows the value of good metal art! Just check out the incredible artwork by Dusty Peterson for their upcoming album - and of course his awesome battlestag for their self-tited debut.

Artwork by Dusty Peterson for their upcoming album

They play progressive sludge and the progressive parts work really well - check out the beautiful slide guitar passage on the second track, the epic "Battle for Balls Deep". I also dug up this review from The Metal Archives.


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Destroy Judas - Wake



Cvlt Nation posted about a live event they're promoting. The bands involved are Laudanum, Destroy Judas and Behold! The Monolith. I wrote about Laudanum here, this post and the next are about the other two bands

First up is Destroy Judas that play doom mixed with sludge. What makes them different is that the songs have the tension-release and tempo variations often heard in post-metal. Read the review of Wake from Don't Count On It Reviews and check them out below.


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Friday, October 21, 2011

El Camino - ...de nada



While searching for another band I found these guys. El Camino is a stoner duo from Spain with a nice sludgy sound. ...de nada shouldn't really work for me but it does, mainly thanks to some expressive drumming. Here is a short interview with them from Stonerrock.gr.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Alarum - Natural Causes



Last up at technical death metal day is Alarum's Natural Causes, a very recent addition to the Willowtip Bandcamp. Progressive, technical death metal or as Don't Count On It Reviews writes "one could say that Alarum never really was a death metal band as much as they were influenced by the early prog/tech-death bands like Atheist, Cynic, and Pestilence". Metal Review (Now Last Rites) was one of the first to review the album.


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Oblivionized - Abhorrent Evolution



Next up at technical death metal day is Oblivionized's Abhorrent Evolution. Technical death grind with a nice raw production. In his short-but-sweet review, Islander from No Clean Singing called it "demonic deathgrind" which is quite fitting.


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Burning at the Stake - Nefarious Campaign


Cover art by Andrei Bouzikov

Today is technical death metal day at Metal Bandcamp! Inspired by the Death By Metal#2 mixtape at Invisible Oranges, as it turns out that half the bands on the mixtape has a Bandcamp. First up we have Burning at the Stake - Nefarious Campaign. Tech death with a nice balance between brutality and technicality.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Slough Feg - The Animal Spirits


Artwork by Mike Scalzi

Slough Feg's The Animal Spirits from 2010 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. Heavy Metal that sounds like a DJ’s mash-up of early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Irish folk music. You could read all the reviews from Angry Metal Guy, That's How Kids Die, Full Metal Attorney, Teeth of the Divine or The Obelisk.. Or you could just bang your head to the player below.


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Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse



With the addition of Opeth's My Arms, Your Hearse from 1998, the first three Opeth albums are now available on the Candlelight Records Bandcamp. Here is one of the five reviews the albums has on Sputnikmusic.

The version of My Arms, Your Hearse available on Bandcamp is the 200o re-release featuring two bonus tracks, covers of songs by Celtic Frost and Iron Maiden.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Blastanus - Collapse



Collapse from the fantastically named Blastanus is a solid album of chunky grooves and grinding blasts as reviewed by Teeth of the Divine and No Clean Singing. And then there's the title song which is ... special. Hear it below and click the player to hear the rest of the album.


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Monday, October 17, 2011

The Slaughtered Lamb - Path of Ashen Bone



Black Goat Records specializes in dark noise and black metal. You can find reviews of some of their releases here. The two tracks on The Slaughtered Lamb's A Path of Ashen Bone moves from very dark ambient to blackened electronic doom.


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False - Untitled


Artwork by Jonia Whitney

Photo by Carmelo Española.

I discovered False through this live report on Invisible Oranges (the photo is from that concert, and yes, they're playing in a church). Their untitled EP is my current favorite on the Gilead Media Bandcamp, and like most albums you can find there it's available as a name your price download. Check out the thoughtful review from The Inarguable, he writes that musically False is "a different take on the American black metal scene that concentrates more on either being horrendously raw or magnificently smooth and introspective". Here's also a couple of good ones from The Metal Archives.


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Apocryphon - EP 2011


Awesome album art by Farron Loathing.

I found Apocryphon when EP 2011 was featured on a Free Shit Friday on the now defunct The Number of the Blog. This is death metal with personality and a sense of humor (with song titles like "Bad Acid Baphomet"). I agree with the merry Lurkers who wrote: "It’s a pleasure to come across a band today that has enough personality to rival the Old Masters".


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Pharaoh - Ten Years



Cruz Del Sur Music has created a Bandcamp page (official announcement). Right now the it's streaming-only with one exception: Pharaoh's Ten Years. An EP full of anthemic metal in the vein of Iron Maiden and Jag Panzer; featuring 2 new songs from the sessions of their last album, two tracks previously released on a bonus 7", and two cover songs. One of the covers is Slayer's "Tormentor" - in the Autothrall review he writes "they've nearly transformed the violent, dark speed/thrash of the original into a glorious anthem all their own" and concludes "If you love their music, and find it in short supply, then pick this up, especially for the Slayer tune"


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Iron Thrones - The Wretched Sun



I picked up on Iron Thrones - The Wretched Sun when it became Record o’ the Month at Angry Metal Guy. Progressive death metal with hardcore style vocals, that works as a gruff counterpoint to the carefully crafted songs. Read another review from Teeth of the Divine.


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According to July posting on the Iron Thrones website they're writing a new album. Yay! Update: The new album will not appear as the band has now split up.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cormorant - Metazoa


Artwork by Julie Dillon

While we wait for the new Cormorant album Dwellings, they have made Metazoa available as name-your-price on their Bandcamp. Cormorant excels at making a lot of different metal styles and influences work as a whole - and always in service of the songs. Read the Angry Metal Guy review, and give the album a spin below.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dawnbringer - Nucleus



Dawnbringer - Nucleus. The first song "So Much For Sleeps" should tell you what you're in for: "Guitar chords before vocal chords" as the esteemed Full Metal Attorney puts it; two guitar solos before the galloping riff of the song kicks in. This is a guitar album from start to finish, Steel Druhm from Angry Metal Guy expounds
"the guitars of Scott Hoffman, Matt Johnsen and Bill Palko never let go from there. This is a very guitar driven album and with the styles these gents bring to the party, you couldn’t ask for anything more. There’s one tooth rattling riff after another along with outstanding lead work".
Photo by Carmelo Española.

The songwriting is excellent, my favorite "Like An Earthquake" is ridiculously catchy; songs are influenced by black metal, doom and thrash, while all being undeniably Heavy Metal. Check out the AllMusic review for a roll call of the album, and do yourself a favor and read That's How Kids Dies' heavy metal fever dream. Good writing inspired by a great album.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Omega Massif - Geisterstadt



One of my early Bandcamp favorites which still holds up is Omega Massif's Geisterstadt from 2007. The esteemed Full Metal Attorney explains that
"though these guys sound like Isis, they clearly let the "sludge" take precedence over the "post". It's heavy and (despite being instrumental) engaging music. They show a willingness to break the rules with atonal chords and such, with the intelligence to do it well".
According to Omega Massif's last.fm page Geisterstadt tells of "ancient abandoned silver mines, treks through deep mountain tunnels, and forsaken boom towns". My favorite track is "Unter Null", which Invsisble Oranges described as
"droning, peaceful guitar that is gradually undermined by sporadic dissonance. By song’s end, guitars spin and echo above the rhythm section with such intensity that they evoke air raids and nuclear fallout".

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Abomino Aetas - Undead



Abomino Aetas - Undead. Cvlt Nation came up with a vivid description of this little black gem: "Picture the vocalist standing above an empty grave screaming at a wooden casket slowly being lowered into the earth". On their Bandcamp Abomino Aetas succinctly states that the genre is Funeral Doom melded with Pure Primitive Norwegian Black Metal.


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Locrian - The Crystal World



Locrian's The Crystal World is difficult but rewarding music that exists on the fringes of black metal. Dense and beautiful like the prose of J. G. Ballard whose book the album is named after. The Quietus did an interview with Locrian and its introduction is a great description of the band:
"Visions of apocalypse, like the urge to extremity, can come off campy or cornball. But when the devil comes, it probably won't be with a fanfare of trumpets, and the earth rent asunder. More likely, it'll be a gradual, creeping doom: a fissure in a concrete reactor shell, oceans choked with plastics, a pox that creeps the earth. It might sound like Locrian".
Explore The Crystal World below, and read the reviews from Doommantia and AllMusic.


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Hooded Menace - Never Cross the Dead



Profound Lore has added Hooded Menace's 2010 release Never Cross The Dead to their Bandcamp. Here's a great review from Doommantia, and the one from Metal Review summed it up perfectly: "a consistent slow-burn of massive riffs and cavernous growls, with not a synth or acoustic in sight".


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shardborne - Aeonian Sequence


Artwork and Layout by Ken Coleman

I read about Shardborne in a short review from the now defunct The Number of the Blog. Aeonian Sequence combines djent style progressive metal with competent fusion playing. All without the sterile production so typical of djent albums.


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Apostle of Solitude - Last Sunrise



Apostle of Solitude's Last Sunrise was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. Great, soulful (almost bluesy in parts), and heavy doom. And a cover that is very far from what you see on a typical doom metal album. Here are a couple of reviews from The Obelisk and Invisible Oranges


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Man's Gin - Smiling Dogs



Man's Gin - Smiling Dogs from 2010 was added to the Profound Lore Bandcamp. Not metal, but kind of like a dark country version of Alice In Chains. The reviews from That's How Kids Die and The Number of the Blog both call this a post-apocalyptic soundtrack. As usual Josh Haun is good for a quote:
"Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson had gotten together over a few stiff drinks, said “screw this writing bullshit” and started a band together?".

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lycus - Demo 2011


Artwork by Bryan Proteau.

Lycus was mentioned in an interview with Loss at That's How kids Die. Demo 2011 was reviewed by Doommantia and Cvlt Nation said "This is heavy. This is slow. This is doom". My favorite track is "Aghast" with it's crashing riffs and a fantastic fast section. Listen to it below and click the player to hear the rest.


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Glorior Belli - Meet Us at the Southern Sign



This Glorior Belli interview at That's How Kids Die got me interested in them. It's mostly about their new album The Great Southern Darkness, but Josh Haun writes
"Beginning on 2009′s Meet Us at the Southern Sign, the band began experimenting with combining black metal and the blues, to devastating effect"
So it was nice to see Meet Us at the Southern Sign among the albums on the Candlelight Records Bandcamp. And Mr. Haun is correct, this is devastating!


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Woe - Quietly, Undramatically (remix)



Candlelight Records has made Woe's Quietly, Undramatically available on their Bandcamp as an "exclusive Bandcamp remix". I haven't heard the original release but Full Metal Attorney had this to say: "In contrast to the drums, the guitars tend toward the understated". and "You probably won't notice the bass except at the end of the epic "Full Circle"".

This new version of Quietly, Undramatically has good balance between guitars and drums and quite audible bass playing, in fact it sounds great. It got a mention at Lurker's Path and they noticed the improvements in Chris Grigg's vocals:
"Chris can channel some real gut-wrenching fury through his pipes. That power didn’t always come across on the first mix of Quietly (it was often lost amid muffling distortion, Leviathan-style), but the new one captures his voice at its most ferocious".
I also found this Decibel interview in which Grigg discusses the remix.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Agnosis - Hecate



Hecate by "Doom/Sludge Heavyweights" Agnosis was a Bandcamp recommendation by Archon (the two bands share members). The EP is originally from 2005 but was re-released on Bandcamp after the band reunited in 2011. Doommantia found it so interesting that they published two reviews of it.

This is straight up and solid traditional Doom. I like the almost jazzy feeling of the drums on the first track, that is something you don't hear often.


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Voice of the Soul - Into Oblivion


Album art by Vincent Monsonego.

Voice of the Soul has been featured on No Clean Singing. Their review of Into Oblivion called it a "combining of sharp-edged aggression and streams of melody that swirl in your head".

Into Oblivion is an album of melodic death metal done right. With beautiful guitar solos that are integrated in the songs instead of being standalone technical displays.


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